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Thermata makes a unique and aggressively low-cost heliostat for concentrating solar power using a proprietary closed-loop tracking system.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded March 2011
  • Employees 6
  • Website

Company Summary

Heliostats that reflect sunlight onto a target make up over 40% of the total cost of a concentrating solar power project. Thermata’s unique and aggressively low-cost heliostat field will cut this in half, making CSP finally economical for developers and owners. The market -- primarily CSP project developers -- is projected at $2-3 billion per year. Additional markets include enhanced oil producers and process steam in dry, sunny climates.


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    Terry Bailey

    Joined Thermata in Sept. 2011, with responsibility for its overall strategy and direction. Before Thermata, Dr. Bailey was CEO of Soliant Energy, with similar responsibilities. Prior to Soliant, he was SVP for Sales & Marketing with Evergreen Solar which developed, manufactured and sold a proprietary "string-ribbon" crystalline silicon PV panel technology, and VP Marketing and Sales at AstroPower. Both were public companies in the solar market

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    Brad Hines

    Founder and CTO of Thermata. His focus is on the control system, optics, and system engineering. He also oversees the system design and the creation of simulation and analysis tools. Prior to Thermata, Mr. Hines was founder and CTO of Soliant Energy. where he designed concentrating photovoltaic devices. Mr. Hines also worked at JPL as Chief Architect of NASA’s Space Interferometry Mission.

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    Robert Musselman
    VP Sales & Marketing

    Joined Thermata in Feb. 2011 with responsibility for market strategy and customer and strategic partner relationships. Prior to joining Thermata, Mr. Musselman founded Mobius Energy LLC, a renewable energy consultancy that developed manufacturing equipment for thin film solar production. He has been CEO of several companies and managed projects in the nuclear industry. He retired from the US Naval Reserves with the rank of Captain.

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    Michael Deck
    VP Supply Chain & Operations

    Joined Thermata in October 2011 with responsibility for sourcing, supplier qualification, and supply chain management. He also leads Thermata’s government relations activities and project planning. Before joining Thermata, Mr. Deck was co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Soliant Energy. He also managed the company’s work for the DOE “Technology Pathway Partners” program.


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    Douglas McPherson
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    Christopher Stone

Previous Investors

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    Idealab Holdings, LLC
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    Phoenix Fire V